Six Million International Tourists is no Dream Anymore for Bali

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According to website Bali Discovery which releases every month arrivals to Bali, the Island of the Gods should pass the six-million international travellers’ mark this year.

The website announced a few days ago that a total of 504,141 foreign tourists arrived in Bali in June 2017. While only 524 tourists arrived by cruise during the month, the rest of Bali international visitors came by flights to Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport.  This represented a growth of 24.22% compared to the previous month of June 2016.

Since the beginning of the year, Bali is again witnessing double-digit growth in international arrivals. During the first half year of the year, total foreign arrivals jumped by 23.76% compared to the same period of 2016. This represents 2,811,289 international tourists.

Data from the Provincial Statistic Office reveals that starred hotels enjoyed an average occupancy of 66.72% with the average length of stay reaching a relatively low performance of 3.04 days. Meanwhile, average occupancy at the non-starred hotels in June reached 36.69% with an average length of stay in non-starred hotels was 2.72 days.

Bali Discovery website indicated that if the current growth rate remains at this high level, foreign arrivals, Bali should reach a new historical record with just over six million international travellers.

Travellers from Mainland China to Bali now represents a 26.25% market share of all foreign arrivals with 737,852 arrivals January-June 2017. Just for the month of June, China PRC visitors jumped by 56.11% and by 59.02% for the first six months of the year.

The second most significant group of Bali foreign arrivals during the first half of 2017 are Australians. Australia however is characterised by a stagnation in total arrivals since the beginning of the year. With 536,738  Australian holiday makers, arrivals are down by 0.01% and represent a market share of 19.09%. However, Australian arrivals declined sharply in June by 5.7%.

India tourists are now Bali third largest market, taking over Malaysia or the UK. Total Indian arrivals for the first six months reached 129,727, up by almost 40%. India has now a 4.61% market share. In June alone, Indian arrivals skyrocketed by 69.94%.

Fourth place is now held by U.K. visitors with 113,413 for the first six months of the year, which represents an increase of 15.36% over 2016 followed by Japan, almost at the same level than the UK with 112,065 travellers.Europe represents a fifth of all arrivals with 557,632 arrivals.

Japan continues to grow but at a relatively slow rate of 2.41% compared to other markets. The USA is up by 26.54% with 98,669 arrivals. With 219,145 arrivals, ASEAN countries represent a relatively small market of 7.8% with Malaysia and Singapore alone generating 69.8% of all arrivals from the region.